Sometimes I hear my spirit man quietly remind me to rein in, remember to breathe, to seek wisdom, to see the forest for the trees.
When I get an idea I can go all in. A good trait, unless you forget what it’s all for, what the bigger picture is. There’s a difference between pursuing excellence and pursuing perfection. There’s a difference between stepping blindly in faith and flailing blindly. There’s a big difference between putting God first and putting God last.
Sometimes when I step forward in faith my flesh decides to leap, desiring the end result more then the path it takes to get there. But it’s the path that teaches us. It’s the path that refines us. It’s the path that guides us. Otherwise we are just trying to smash our way through the woods, thinking we are taking the shortcut… only to find out we are incredibly absolutely lost. Even in those moments, God calls us. He is an ever-forgiving, ever-loving God, who will never leave us nor forsake us. You will know it is Him, when you feel His love. When you sense His grace, His mercy, calling you Home.
Seek first His Kingdom, the Word says. All these things will be added unto you, It speaks.
Slow down. Rein in. Smell the flowers. Focus the eyes and the path stops being blurry. He will make our path straight, It reminds.
That gentle yet strong, completely calm and ever-fixed mark… It leads me to still waters. It makes me to lie down in green pastures. It reminds me to love the ride, to have joy through my growth, to soak in the Father’s Grace and see everything He does. Acknowledge Him in all things and give Thanksgiving. Allow Him to work His grace and mercy into our lives and run the race He sets before us. Blindly, but not without guidance. In faith, but not without wisdom. With confidence, but not alone. Full of courage, but not of arrogance.
Let us not forget that we need Him. Let us not forget what He has done for us.
Let us not forget the forest.
1 Peter 1:7; Deut 31:6; Matt 6:33; Prov 3:6; Psalms 23:2-3; Prov 3:6; Eph 5:20; Heb 12:1-2